Two camels- CC via Wikimedia
ALEXANDRIA, Egypt – 6 July 2017: If you have ever been to a Middle Eastern country, you must have met a camel.
Camels, originally used for transportation, are now lacking their economic importance as they have been replaced by motorized vehicles. Now they are seen less in the streets, but rather have kept their status as an icon of historical value. Camels are present at various historical places and beaches as an Egyptian icon with a chance to photograph and take a ride on them.
However, the good news is Bedouins are still keeping theirs, not for transportation, but for meat. Camels, are a grass- and herb-fed animals. They roam for long periods in the desert feeding on various short herbs. The wide variety of herbs present in nature makes camel's meat really healthy.
A strong characteristic of camels that is well known is their ability to bear thirst for a long time. So if you are lucky enough to get to try camel milk, “an almost lactose free gift of nature,” you may notice an even higher water content in the milk on hot days than on cold days, originally making a trip through a desert with just a bag of dates possible.
If you walk a road that splits a desert in Egypt after a rainy season, you will come across Bedouin camel herds. A person taking care of a camel herd must have a lot of patience, as well as the ability to control this unique animal. The sense of freedom and dignity are especially high amongst camels, so please never try to beat them or flash a light into their eyes at night.